JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military chief says he does not believe Iran will decide to build nuclear weapons, and that diplomatic and economic sanctions are successful in putting pressure on the Islamic Republic.
Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz's statements to the Israeli daily Haaretz Wednesday contrast with those of the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu told CNN Tuesday that while sanctions are hurting Iran, they aren't persuading the country's leadership to halt its nuclear ambitions.
Top Israeli officials have similar access to intelligence but often offer differing assessments.
International sanctions seek to pressure Iran not to develop nuclear weapons. Israel fears a nuclear Iran would threaten the Jewish state. Iran denies it intends to build weapons.
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